Past PSB Survey Results - 2006 Surveys

This page presents the results of surveys I conducted in the year 2006. The results of surveys conducted in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 appear on separate pages.

Note: The response in each survey that received the most votes is highlighted in bold red. I usually list the responses in descending order according to the number of votes, but in a few cases I've decided that the results may be clearer or more meaningful if I list them in some other order. Incidentally, I do vote in my own surveys—and, yes, I vote only once. More often than not, what I vote for doesn't come in first place. In the results below, the symbol ¤ appears after the item(s) that I voted for in each survey.


Survey 290 - Week of December 31, 2006
What would you like to be released in 2007? (308 voters)

If it were up to you to pick two-no more, no fewer-of the following potential Pet Shop Boys-related audio and/or video recordings to be released in 2007, which would you choose?*

31.2% - CD reissues of Nightlife and Release with "Further Listening" bonus discs
25.3% - Their film It Couldn't Happen Here on DVD

24.4% - Alternative 2: a 2-CD set compiling their post-Alternative single b-sides/bonus tracks
22.7% - DiscoVery - Live in Rio on DVD
20.8% - The film Battleship Potemkin with the Tennant/Lowe score on DVD ¤
20.5% - Their musical Closer to Heaven on DVD ¤
18.8% - Highlights—or, better yet, their complete MCMLXXXIX tour show—on DVD
13.3% - Collaborations: a CD (or 2-CD set) compiling previously released PSB colborations with other artists
11.0% - A CD reissue of Relentless
08.8% - Their 2002 Release tour show on DVD
03.2% - Something else not listed here**

*Because voters could select two items rather than just one, the percentage figures—which represent the percentage of voters who selected each item—total to roughly 200% instead of 100%.

**Please note that I disallowed two possible choices from the voting: an album of all-new material (who wouldn't vote for that?) and a DVD of the Fundamental tour live show (because it has already been announced by the PSB organization that we can expect such a release in 2007). Alternate choices described by voters included the following:


Survey 289 - Week of December 24, 2006
PSB Event/Release of the Year for 2006 (322 voters)

By any reckoning, 2006 has been an extraordinary year for the Pet Shop Boys. If you had to pick just one of the following as the "Event/Release of the Year" for them, what would it be?

62.4% - Fundamental (and its bonus disc Fundamentalism) ¤
12.4% - The Fundamental Tour
08.4% - The Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop documentary and DVD
04.3% - The Mermaid Theatre concert and the resulting live album Concrete
04.0% - The book Pet Shop Boys Catalogue
02.5% - Their remix of Madonna's "Sorry"
01.9% - The "Minimal" single
01.6% - The "I'm with Stupid" single
00.9% - The "Numb" single
00.9% - Something else not listed here*
00.6% - Their collaboration with Robbie Williams, "She's Madonna"

*Alternate choices selected or at least suggested by voters included the following:


Survey 288 - Week of December 17, 2006
How do you feel about remixes in general? (281 voters)

Setting aside the matter of who does the remixing, which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about remixes in general—especially remixes of Pet Shop Boys tracks?

40.6% - I like remixes in general, although quite a few of them are a waste. ¤
18.9% - Occasionally there's a remix that I really like, but in general I can do without them.
17.8% - I like "extended versions," but aside from those I don't much care for remixes.
14.2% - I love remixes! The more the better!
04.3% - I don't like remixes. I wouldn't mind if there weren't any remixes at all!
02.1% - I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed here.*
01.1% - I really don't care about remixes one way or the other.
00.7% - Remixes are good for collecting, but not much else.
00.4% - Remixes are good for dancing, but not much else.

*Among the alternate opinions provided were the following excerpts:


Survey 287 - Week of December 10, 2006
Any CD deterioration? (261 voters)

Have any of your Pet Shop Boys (or other) CDs shown signs of "bronzing" (aka "CD rot") or other forms of physical deterioration?*

35.2% - None of my CDs have shown signs of deterioration, but I've heard of this happening to others.
34.5% - No, I've never even heard of CD deterioration before!
14.9% - None of my PSB CDs have shown signs of deterioration, but some of my other CDs have!
11.1% - Yes, but only one or two of my PSB CDs have shown signs of deterioration. ¤
04.2% - Yes, several of my PSB CDs have shown signs of deterioration!

*Several people suggested some additional options:


Survey 286 - Week of December 3, 2006
What do you think of the idea of a "PSB ballet"? (308 voters)

On at least two separate recent occasions the Pet Shop Boys have told interviewers that they're thinking about writing a ballet. Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about this?

22.1% - "I think it's a terrible idea!"
20.8% - "I think it's a wonderful idea!"
14.9% - "They should do whatever they want to do, regardless of any other considerations." ¤
11.9% - "It's OK as long as it's 'electronic' and/or very 'modern-sounding.'"
07.8% - "It's OK as long as most of us actually get to see it, such as on DVD."
06.2% - "I'm not sure what to think."
05.5% - "It's OK as long as it doesn't reduce the amount or frequency of more 'typical' releases."
04.5% - "I have mixed feelings about it."
02.6% - "I really don't care about it one way or the other."
02.3% - "It's OK as long as there are plenty of fast, uptempo pieces."
01.0% - "I usually don't care much for instrumentals, but I wouldn't mind it as long as it includes at least some songs with vocals."
00.6% - "I guess it would depend on what the 'story' of the ballet is about."
00.0% - "I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed here."


Survey 285 - Week of November 26, 2006
Should Relentless be reissued? (367 voters)

Would you like for Relentless to be reissued?

33.0% - Yes, but only if it includes bonus tracks.
24.0% - No—I like the idea of having something "rare."
20.2% - Yes, absolutely! I don't have it yet!
15.8% - Yes—I have it, but so that those who don't have it can get it. ¤
04.6% - I have no opinion about this one way or the other.
01.4% - No—I don't like Relentless.
01.1% - No—I don't like reissues in general.*

*Also, at least four voters specifically expressed an additional viewpoint: "Yes, but only if it's remastered." I'm sure many other voters would agree, myself included. In fact, I had considered including that among the choices in this poll. But I figured that it was a "given"—that Relentless simply wouldn't be reissued without being remastered. Perhaps I'm wrong about that. Rightly or wrongly, that's why I left it out, although in retrospect I regret that I did. Also, several others expressed concern about the deterioration of the original disc ("CD rot") and said that they wanted a new copy if for no other reason than that.


Survey 284 - Week of November 19, 2006
Favorite mix of "Minimal" (243 voters)

Not counting the album or single version, what is your favorite mix of "Minimal"?

34.2% - "I don't feel I'm familiar enough with these mixes to choose."
15.6% - The M Factor Mix ¤
14.4% - Tocadisco's Sunday at Space Mix
12.3% - Some other mix not listed here*
09.9% - The Lobe Remix
03.7% - U-MYX - Chris Lowe's Summer Mix
03.3% - The Telex Heaven Remix
03.3% - Tiga's M-I-N-I-M-A-L Remix
01.6% - The Telex Hell Remix
00.8% - The Radio Slave Mix
00.8% - One of the other U-MYX mixes*
00.0% - Superchumbo's Light and Shade Dub
00.0% - Tiga's M-I-N-I-M-A-L Dub
00.0% - The M Factor Dub

*Specific alternate choices offered by voters were:


Survey 283 - Week of November 12, 2006
Favorite mix of "I'm with Stupid" (262 voters)

What is your favorite mix of "I'm with Stupid"?

37.0% - The album/single version
24.4% - The PSB Maxi-Mix ¤
23.7% - "I don't feel I'm familiar enough with these mixes to choose."
03.8% - The Melnyk Heavy Petting Mix
03.4% - The instrumental version
03.1% - The Max Tundra Mix
02.3% - The demo version
01.1% - Some other mix not mentioned here*
00.8% - The Abe Duque Mix
00.4% - The Abe Duque Dub

*The one (unofficial) mix specifically mentioned as an alternate preference by one voter was:


Survey 282 - Week of November 5, 2006
Most pleasing "collaboration artist" (380 voters)

Of all the recording artists with whom the Pet Shop Boys have collaborated in one way or another-even indirectly, such as by simply writing a song for them with no other involvement-which collaboration has, musically speaking, pleased you the most overall?

22.9% - Electronic
20.0% - Liza Minnelli ¤
17.9% - Dusty Springfield
06.3% - Robbie Williams
06.1% - David Bowie
05.0% - All or part of the cast of Closer to Heaven
04.2% - Madonna
04.2% - Kylie Minogue
03.7% - Eighth Wonder
03.2% - Boy George
02.1% - Peter Rauhofer ("The Collaboration")
01.6% - Elton John
00.5% - Cicero
00.5% - Tina Turner
00.5% - Some other artist not listed here.*
00.5% - They have yet to have a collaboration that has really pleased me musically.
00.3% - Alcazar
00.3% - Pete Burns
00.3% - Miyuki Motegi

*Sam Taylor-Wood was also among the choices offered, but no one voted for her. Elton John and Peter Rauhofer had been initially left out, but these were oversights, not intentional omissions. After a couple of early voters cited them (on the first day of voting), I added them to the list of options. Certain other artists, such as Blur, Yoko Ono, and Rammstein were intentionally left off the list because the Pet Shop Boys did little or nothing more than remix a single song of theirs with no obvious "audible presence," such as additional background vocals by Neil. Although a couple of people told me that they felt those artists should also have appeared on the list, none of them seemed to indicate that any of them would be their own choice in response to this survey question.


Survey 281 - Week of October 29, 2006
Which online resources do you regularly use for PSB news? (366 voters)

Which online resources do you visit or use on a regular basis—at least once per week on the average—to obtain the latest news and information about the Pet Shop Boys?1

72.7% - The official PSB website ¤
45.6% - Pet Shop Boys Commentary (this site)2
24.6% - The Pet Shop Boys Community Forum ¤
17.5% - Lydia's Pet Shop Boys Forum ¤
16.1% - Euphoric
15.6% - Pet Shop Boys Online
07.9% - Some other website(s) not listed here3
07.1% - The Introspective newsgroup ¤
06.8% - The Yahoo Petheads group ¤
06.8% - Google
06.3% - At Dead of Night
03.3% - So Pet Shop Boys
02.5% - Yahoo
01.6% - Absolutely Pet Shop Boys
00.8% - Pet Shop Boys Confidential
00.3% - Pet Shop Boys, actually

1Because voters could select more than one item in this survey, the percentages total to more than 100%.

2I was hesitant to include my own site among the options since the very fact that this survey appeared here would skew the results. That is, if you took part in this survey, then chances were good that you visited this site regularly. But that was by no means a certainty—and I personally thought it would be extremely interesting to see how many people might vote who do not visit this site on a regular basis to get "the latest news and information." (Then again, I never envisioned the primary purpose of my site as being a source of "PSB news," although it does incidentally often serve that function.) It's also worth noting that the results are also undoubtedly skewed by the fact that I routinely post weekly "poll announcements" in several of the online forums listed, thereby skewing the results in favor of those particular forums. The results are nevertheless interesting for comparative purposes.

3Among the other online resources cited by voters were:

4I received some criticism for not including this particular Pet Shop Boys Forum among the choices in my survey. But the only reason I didn't include it is that I wasn't even aware of its existence until some of the survey participants brought it to my attention. As much as I might like to be, I'm not omniscient. At any rate, if it had been included, it would almost certainly have received more than the 1.1% "write-in vote" that it did receive.


Survey 280 - Week of October 22, 2006
How would you rate them as a live act? (285 voters)

How would you rate the Pet Shop Boys as a live act?

36.5% - Maybe not the best, but certainly one of the top three or four.
18.6% - The best I've ever seen!
15.4% - Not one of the best, but better than average. ¤*
09.1% - I've never seen one of their live performances, so I really can't judge.
06.0% - It varies quite a bit—sometimes great, sometimes not so great.
04.6% - Terrific sets and costumes, but the performances themselves often leave a bit to be desired.
03.9% - They're about average.
01.8% - Great performances, but I usually don't care for their sets and costumes.
01.8% - I have mixed feelings about it.
01.1% - Not one of the worst, but below average.
01.1% - I have an opinion different from any of those expressed here.
00.4% - The worst I've ever seen!
00.0% - Maybe not the worst, but certainly one of the bottom three or four.

*Allow me to explain my choice. I tried to be as objective as possible. I've seen an awful lot of live acts. I've certainly enjoyed PSB live performances immensely, but I can't honestly say they're the best or even among the "top three or four" that I've seen. (If, however, all their shows were as fantastic as Performance—which I've seen only on video—I'd feel quite differently.) Therefore I chose the next-higher option, "Not one of the best, but better than average." Yes, it makes me feel like something of a traitor—but at least like an honest traitor. That's speaking solely for myself, of course. I have absolutely no doubt that everyone else chose just as honestly for themselves.


Survey 279 - Week of October 15, 2006
Which items coming out this month will you buy? (300 voters)

An unusually large amount of PSB-related merchandise is scheduled to appear on the market this month. Which of the following items are you planning to buy or have already bought?1

85.3% - The Concretelive album ¤
72.3% - The Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop DVD ¤
67.7% - The "Numb" single (in one or more formats) ¤
62.0% - The book Pet Shop Boys, Catalogue ¤
34.3% - Robbie Williams's new album Rudebox2 ¤
25.0% - The Popjustice: 100% Solid Pop Music CD3 ¤

1Because voters could select more than one item in this survey, the percentages total to more than 100%.

2Rudebox is "PSB-related" because the Boys have produced two of the tracks on the album, one of which, "She's Madonna," they also co-wrote with Robbie.

3The Popjustice CD will include a previously unreleased re-recording of "It's a Sin" by the Pet Shop Boys with a new arrangement.


Survey 278 - Week of October 8, 2006
"PSB clothing"(263 voters)

Do you own any "official" articles of "PSB clothing" (such as caps, t-shirts, or sweatshirts acquired through the Fan Club, from the official website, at a PSB concert, or even from eBay)-and, if so, do you ever wear it?

45.2% - No, I don't own any "PSB clothing."
25.9% - Yes, I own some "PSB clothing," and I occasionally wear it, even for activities that have nothing to do with PSB.
09.5% - Yes, I own some "PSB clothing," and I wear it quite often.
04.9% - Yes, I own one or more articles of "PSB clothing," but I've never worn them—though I probably would to a PSB concert. ¤
03.0% - Yes, I own some "PSB clothing" that I used to wear quite a bit, but I don't wear it anymore.
03.0% - Yes, I own some "PSB clothing," but I've never worn them, and probably never will.
02.3% - I used to own some "PSB clothing," but not anymore. And I wore it occasionally when I did own it.
02.3% - I used to own some "PSB clothing," but not anymore. And I wore it quite often when I did own it.
01.9% - I used to own some "PSB clothing," but not anymore. And I never wore it when I did own it.
01.5% - Yes, I own some "PSB clothing," and I have worn it—but only to a PSB concert.


Survey 277 - Week of October 1, 2006
Will there be a fourth single from Fundamental? (324 voters)

Do you think there will be a fourth single from Fundamental (following "I'm with Stupid," "Minimal," and "Numb")? (Not whether there should be, but will be.)

50.3% - Yes
49.7% - No ¤


Survey 276 - Week of September 24, 2006
On changing the live album's title to Concrete (289 voters)

What do you think of the recent news that the title of the Pet Shop Boys' upcoming live album has been changed from Concert to Concrete?

28.4% - I like it. Concrete is certainly more imaginative than Concert.
16.6% - I'm withholding judgment until I learn the rationale behind it.
12.1% - I really don't care about it one way or the other.
11.1% - It's interesting—I'm rather intrigued by it. ¤
08.3% - I'm not sure what to think.
07.3% - I think it's a joke—or, if it isn't, it ought to be!
05.9% - It's brilliant!
04.5% - It's awful!
02.4% - It's inexplicable—one of the stragest things ever in PSB history.
02.4% - I have mixed feelings about it.
01.0% - I have an opinion different from any of those listed here.*

*Among the opinions offered were the following excerpts:


Survey 275 - Week of September 17, 2006
Factors in being a PSB fan (315 voters)

How do each of the following factors relate to your being a fan of the Pet Shop Boys? That is, are you a fan because of it or in spite of it-or does it have no bearing at all on your being a fan?*

Factor
Popularity
Score**
"I'm a fan because of this."
"I'm a fan in spite of this."
"This has no bearing on my being a fan."
Their melodies
93.6%
¤ 95.2%
1.6%
3.2%
Their musical
arrangements
87.6%
¤ 89.2%
1.6%
9.2%
Their lyrics
86.7%
¤ 88.9%
2.2%
8.9%
Neil's singing
69.3%
¤ 75.6%
6.3%
18.1%
Chris's
keyboard work
67.3%
¤ 70.8%
3.5%
25.7%
Their image
and/or attitude
66.1%
¤ 70.2%
4.1%
25.7%
Their sense of style
52.7%
¤ 57.1%
4.4%
38.4%
"Danceability"
45.8%
¤ 52.1%
6.3%
41.6%
Their "Britishness"
41.2%
46.3%
5.1%
¤ 48.6%
Their videos
38.4%
¤ 46.3%
7.9%
45.7%
Their live
performances
30.2%
¤ 37.8%
7.6%
54.6%
Their looks
21.6%
29.2%
7.6%
¤ 63.2%
Their sociopolitical
views
18.4%
32.7%
14.3%
¤ 53.0%
Sexuality
(the "gay factor")
  3.5%
¤ 20.0%
16.5%
63.5%

*Because participants in this poll could vote one of three ways for each factor, the percentages total to 100% for each factor listed. Among the comments that voters sent to me were the following excerpts:

**The "Popularity Score" is obtained by subtracting the "in spite of" percentage from the "because of" percentage, ignoring the "no bearing" percentage since it, after all, has no bearing. This provides a single figure that takes into account how much a particular factor both contributes to and potentially detracts from the Pet Shop Boys' popularity among their fans; the higher the figure, the greater the overall positive effect that factor has on their popularity. This is predicated on the highly unscientific notion that each factor carries equal weight—a factor that contributes toward popularity is directly and equally offset by one that detracts from it. That, of course, is surely not actually the case. Still, I think the scores are useful as suggestive (though hardly definitive) markers of how different factors compare to each other in contributing toward the Boys' popularity among their fans.

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Survey 274 - Week of September 10, 2006
Opinions of the "Numb" video (210 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion of the new Pet Shop Boys video for "Numb"?

21.0% - It's very good—maybe not one of their best, but better than average.
14.8% - It's one of their all-time best videos!
09.5% - I like the song, but the video doesn't do it justice.
08.1% - I can't say because I haven't yet seen the video.
07.6% - It's about average for them.
07.6% - The fact that there's so little of Neil and Chris in it spoils it for me.
06.2% - I really don't like the song, but I kinda like the video.
05.2% - It's one of their all-time worst videos!
04.8% - I have mixed feelings about it.
04.8% - I'm disappointed—it's below average. ¤
03.8% - I hate the fact that "Numb" is going to be a single, so if it were the greatest video ever I'd still detest it.
03.8% - I have an opinion different from any of those expressed here.*
01.9% - I'm not sure how I feel about it.
01.0% - I really don't care about it one way or the other.

*This question generated a large number of comments. Among the additional opinions offered were the following excerpts:


Survey 273 - Week of September 3, 2006
PSB-related artwork on display? (291 voters)

Do you have any Pet Shop Boys posters, photos, or other PSB-related paper-based artwork (not counting books, albums, or CD/DVD packaging) on display where you live or work?*

42.6% - No, and I never have ¤**
33.0% - Yes
24.4% - I used to, but not anymore

*Since this question concerns paper-based artwork, electronic-based displays-such as computer screen savers or computer desktop wallpapers-didn't count.

**A personal explanation: This question was inspired by a conversation I had some time ago with a new acquaintance in which I mentioned this website and my fondness for the music of the Pet Shop Boys. Apparently fascinated by the fact that I would devote so much of my spare time to such a hobby, she said that my home and/or office space must look like a "Pet Shop Boys shrine," complete with PSB photos and posters on the wall. I replied that, no, that wasn't the case—that, while I do own some PSB posters and other related artwork, I don't have them on display at home or at work because that's just not my "style" of fandom. My one exception: every Christmas season I have my PSB Fan Club Christmas card sitting up on the mantle alongside the other cards that I've received from family and friends. But that's so limited an appearance that I don't feel it counts for this question.


Survey 272 - Week of August 27, 2006
"The Rating Project": Battleship Potemkin (126 voters*)

Please rate the tracks in the Pet Shop Boys' film score Battleship Potemkin on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
No Time for Tears
7.874
25.2%
1.0%
7
After All
7.837
30.6%
1.0%
5
For Freedom
7.598
27.2%
1.1%
4
The Squadron
7.163
18.6%
4.8%
2
Full Steam Ahead
6.940
15.7%
4.8%
2
Odessa
6.810
17.9%
2.4%
2
Nyet
6.690
13.8%
3.4%
2
To the Battleship
6.679
15.5%
4.8%
1
To the Shore
6.619
16.7%
4.8%
1
"Comrades!"
6.551
18.0%
4.5%
1
Night Falls
6.341
7.1%
3.5%
1
Stormy Meetings
6.134
7.3%
4.9%
1
Drama in the Harbour
6.023
10.5%
3.5%
2
Men and Maggots
5.918
5.9%
3.5%
1
Our Daily Bread
5.667
6.9%
3.4%
2

To see where these tracks fall in relation to other songs in the PSB catalog, please visit the overall "Rating Project" page.

*This poll had far fewer voters than usual, and nearly a quarter of the votes that were submitted were absentions. Several people wrote to me stating that they weren't voting because they consider Battleship Potemkin to be a "work as a whole," so to speak, the individual tracks of which should not be judged separately from each other. To be sure, I was somewhat hesitant about this particular survey, as evidenced by the fact that I didn't run it until about a year after the album was released. And I'll be the first to say that the instrumental tracks gain significantly in their power and effectiveness in the context of the film. They work very well as segments of a film score. But I personally rated them based on my assessment of their quality as "standalone" pieces in comparison with other PSB songs. In that context, I simply had to give most of them rather low ratings.

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Survey 271 - Week of August 20, 2006
Opinions of U-MYX (222 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion of the U-MYX format for "Minimal," and do you hope the Pet Shop Boys will make other tracks available in the U-MYX format in the future?

34.7% - I have no idea. I don't even know what U-MYX is.
27.9% - I think it's great! And, yes, they should make other tracks available in U-MYX, too.
16.2% - It was interesting and fun for "Minimal," but it's fine with me if they never do it again. ¤
08.6% - I really don't care about it one way or the other.
04.1% - I didn't much care for it, but I don't mind if they do it for other tracks.
03.6% - I have an opinion different from any of those expressed here.*
02.3% - I have mixed feelings about it.
01.8% - I'm not sure how I feel about it.
00.9% - It's a waste of time and money! They should never do it again!

*Among the other opinions offered by voters were the following:


Survey 270 - Week of August 13, 2006
Fundamental tour ticket prices (202 voters)

What do you think of the ticket prices for the Pet Shop Boys' current Fundamental tour?*

23.3% - I don't know enough to judge.**
20.8% - They're a little on the high side, but not unreasonable. ¤
18.8% - They're average—about right.
12.9% - I don't care—none of the shows are close enough to where I live.
10.4% - They're much too high! — but I'll buy them anyway (or already have).
09.4% - They're a bargain—cheaper than I expected!
04.5% - They're so expensive that I can't afford to buy them!***

*This includes both their summer round of performances in Europe and their fall concerts in North America.

**This is regardless of why the voter might not know enough to judge, whether it's because he or she hadn't heard anything about the ticket prices yet, wasn't sure what constitutes "high" ticket prices, or whatever the case.

***Or, even if the voter could technically "afford" to buy them, he or she was unwilling to pay that high a price.


Survey 269 - Week of August 6, 2006
Best tour setlist (215 voters)

Which Pet Shop Boys tour has had the best, most well-rounded setlist? (Click here to see setlists for each tour.)

27.4% - 1999 Nightlife Tour
22.3% - 1994 DiscoVery Tour ¤
21.9% - 1991 Performance Tour
14.0% - 2006 Fundamental Tour (so far)
04.7% - 2002 Uni/Release Tour
03.7% - 1997 Somewhere Shows
02.3% - 1989 MCMLXXXIX Tour
01.9% - 2000 Summer Tour
01.9% - 2004 Summer Shows


Survey 268 - Week of July 30, 2006
The title of the upcoming live album (260 voters)

What do you think the title should be of the upcoming Pet Shop Boys live album recorded with the BBC Orchestra and several guest stars (originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 this past May)?

16.9% - Orchestral*
16.2% - Concert ¤*
10.0% - Live
06.9% - Conducted
06.9% - Something else, as long as it consists of a single word**
05.4% - Broadcast
05.4% - Transmission
04.2% - Lively
03.8% - Fundamentally Live
03.5% - Radio
03.1% - Recital
02.3% - Classical
02.3% - Something else, as long as it consists of more than one word (for a change)**
01.9% - Show
01.9% - Alive
01.9% - Additional
01.9% - Presented
01.5% - Exclusive
01.5% - Theatrical
01.2% - Unplugged
00.8% - Traditional
00.4% - Alive in Pop

*Orchestral held a very wide lead, fully twice as many votes as the runner-up, until the actual title of Concert was announced on August 1 (by which time around 170 votes had been cast). At that point Concert began rapidly to catch up, though it didn't quite make it to first place. But, yes, I really did vote for Concert myself before the official choice was announced. Not to sound too "Spockish," but it just seemed the logical choice to me. To be honest, however, I'm somewhat surprised that it turned out to be the official choice. In retrospect, I rather think that Orchestral may be a better title—more imaginative and less expected. Then again, I'm not a very imaginative person. Intensely analytical, to be sure, but not very imaginative. Then, to further complicate matters, during the week of September 17 the official PSB website announced that the title of the upcoming live album was being changed from Concert to the completely unexpected Concrete. Nobody saw that coming! I guess it just goes to show that the Boys, even after all these years, still know how to pull a few surprises!

**Among the "Something else" suggestions were:


Survey 267 - Week of July 23, 2006
Opinions of the BBC World Cup/"Numb" montage (289 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion about the BBC's use of the Pet Shop Boys' "Numb" in their montage following England's defeat in the World Cup competition?

32.5% - I'm pleased that it gave PSB more exposure to an audience that may not have paid much attention to them or to their new album.
31.1% - It's brilliant!
13.8% - I'm pleased that it gave so much exposure to the song.
10.7% - It's a shame that a release of "Numb" as a single couldn't have been timed to take full advantage of it. ¤
03.8% - I don't know anything about it!
03.5% - I have neutral feelings about it (or don't care about it at all).
02.8% - It's well done, but I wish they hadn't used "Numb."
01.0% - It's awful!
00.7% - I have an opinion quite different from any of those expressed here.


Survey 266 - Week of July 16, 2006
"The Rating Project": Fundamental and bonus tracks (293 voters)

Please rate the new songs on the Pet Shop Boys' album Fundamental and its associated bonus tracks (so far) on a scale of 0 to 10 as they compare with other PSB songs (0 = "one of the worst PSB songs ever"; 5 = "an average PSB song"; 10 = "one of the very best PSB songs ever"):

Song (Listed from Highest Average Rating to Lowest)
Average
Rating
% of
voters
rating
10
% of
voters
rating
0
Wayne's
Rating¤
Integral
8.173
30.1%
0.3%
10
Fugitive
7.984
25.7%
0.4%
5
Minimal
7.945
21.2%
0.3%
8
The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
7.701
17.9%
0.7%
10
The Resurrectionist
7.436
17.2%
0.4%
10
Indefinite Leave to Remain
7.054
11.9%
0.4%
4
Luna Park
6.880
10.2%
0.7%
6
I Made My Excuses and Left
6.836
10.5%
0.7%
9
I'm with Stupid
6.832
6.7%
0.7%
5
Casanova in Hell
6.624
7.8%
1.4%
8
Twentieth Century
6.542
7.6%
1.1%
3
Numb
6.343
8.0%
1.7%
5
Girls Don't Cry
6.142
4.3%
0.5%
2
Psychological
5.962
4.5%
0.3%
4
God Willing
5.134
1.9%
0.8%
1

To see where these songs fall in relation to other songs in the PSB catalog, please visit the overall "Rating Project" page.

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Survey 265 - Week of July 9, 2006
The most controversial thing PSB has done (371 voters)

What, in your opinion, is the single most controversial thing the Pet Shop Boys have ever done?

23.4% - The Pet Shop Boys haven't really done anything truly "controversial"
20.2% - Photos of a penis on the covers of the 12-inch vinyl promo "Before" singles
07.5% - Chris quitting mid-song on The Tonight Show in 1991 ¤
05.9% - "Fugitive"
05.7% - Neil "coming out" as gay
05.7% - Something else not listed here.*
04.3% - The "Home and Dry" video
04.0% - "It's a Sin"
04.0% - "The Night I Fell in Love"
02.7% - The "Domino Dancing" video
02.4% - The "homoerotic dancers" in the DiscoVery show's rendition of "Can You Forgive Her?"
02.4% - Their "rock ballads album," Release
02.2% - Choosing the name "Pet Shop Boys"
01.3% - The "Being Boring" video
01.3% - Disco 2
01.3% - The "erection" references in "Casanova in Hell"
01.1% - "Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You)"
01.1% - The "naked" male dancers in the DiscoVery show's rendition of "So Hard"
00.8% - "The Sound of the Atom Splitting"
00.8% - Their "political album," Fundamental
00.5% - Chris "stripping" during the Performance rendition of "We All Feel Better in the Dark"
00.3% - "Rent"
00.3% - Their refusal to wave and chat with the host after performing on Live at the London Palladium
00.3% - Chris prematurely exiting the Wogan show in 1990
00.3% - Chris dropping his pants at the end of one of the Somewhere shows

*Voters offered the following examples of "something else":


Survey 264 - Week of July 2, 2006
Opinions of the revamped official PSB website (280 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion the recent redesign of the Pet Shop Boys' official website?

25.0% - It's fantastic—a tremendous improvement over the old one!
24.3% - I think it looks great, but it's not very user-friendly. ¤
14.3% - It's pretty good—a bit of an improvement.
07.5% - It's an improvement in some ways, but not in others.
05.4% - It's not particularly good—the old one was somewhat better.
04.3% - No strong feelings—I'm rather neutral about it.
03.9% - It's got some nice new features, but aside from that, no big deal.
03.6% - Some of its features don't work on my computer!
03.6% - I think it will take me some time to get used to it—but I will eventually.
03.2% - It's terrible—far worse than the old one!
02.5% - I find it very difficult to use.
01.1% - I don't like how it looks, but I think it's more user-friendly now.
00.7% - I don't think it's any better or worse than the old one, so why change it?
00.4% - I haven't visited it yet!
00.4% - I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed here.*

*Among the other opinions expressed was the following excerpt:


Survey 263 - Week of June 25, 2006
Opinions of the "Minimal" video (281 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion of the new Pet Shop Boys video for "Minimal"?

33.5% - It's very good—maybe not one of their best, but better than average. ¤
18.9% - It's one of their all-time best videos!
16.4% - It's about average for them.
08.5% - I'm disappointed—it's below average.
08.5% - I can't say because I haven't seen it yet.
06.4% - It's a little too minimal, in my opinion.
03.2% - It would have been better without the dancers.
02.5% - I have mixed feelings about it.
01.8% - It's one of their all-time worst videos!
00.4% - I have an opinion quite different from any of those expressed here.


Survey 262 - Week of June 18, 2006
Should "Fugitive" be a single? (316 voters)

The Pet Shop Boys have already stated that the song "Fugitive" (which appears on the Fundamentalism bonus disc) will not be released as a single. But some fans disagree with this decision. So what do you think? Should "Fugitive" be released as a single?

26.9% - Yes—but a different mix.
24.1% - Yes—the exact same mix as on Fundamentalism.
23.4% - No—I don't think it's "single material."
10.1% - I don't know—I haven't heard the song yet.
07.0% - No—for some other reason.*
06.0% - No—it's much too controversial. ¤
02.5% - No—I don't like it!

When you total the various "Yes" and "No" figures, you get the following tallies:

51.0% - Yes
38.9% - No ¤
10.1% - I don't know

*Among the other reasons offered are the following excerpts:

If I may explain my own choice (that the song is "much too controversial"), I don't think it's so controversial that PSB shouldn't have written, recorded, and released it as they did. I just think it could seriously hurt them if it were released as a single. And I certainly don't want them to be hurt—commercially, professionally, or otherwise.


Survey 261 - Week of June 11, 2006
What will be and should be Fundamental's third single? (373 voters*)

"Minimal" has already been announced as the second single from Fundamental. So let's play the "will be/should be" game with the third single. What do you think will be the third single from Fundamental, and what do you think should be the third single?

Will be the third single
Should be the third single
37.0% - Numb ¤
28.7% - Integral
16.9% - The Sodom and Gomorrah Show
04.8% - Psychological
04.6% - Luna Park
04.3% - There will be no third single
01.6% - Twentieth Century
01.3% - Indefinite Leave to Remain
00.5% - Casanova in Hell
00.3% - I Made My Excuses and Left
43.0% - Integral
31.1% - The Sodom and Gomorrah Show ¤
07.4% - Numb
05.8% - Luna Park
02.8% - I Made My Excuses and Left
02.5% - Twentieth Century
02.2% - Casanova in Hell
01.9% - Psychological
01.9% - Indefinite Leave to Remain
01.4% - There should be no third single

*As always, the number of voters cited here is the total number of poll participants. Voters were permitted to vote once for what they thought will be the third single and once for what should be. Not everyone, however, placed both votes. For this reason, the total voter figure on which the percentages are based is different for the two sets of results.


Survey 260 - Week of June 4, 2006
Exclusive pay-per-download bonus tracks (299 voters)

The Pet Shop Boys are making a number of alternate mixes of "I'm with Stupid" and demos of some Fundamental tracks available exclusively (at least so far) on iTunes and/or other pay-per-download sites. What do you think of this? (Please select all that apply.)*

59.5% - I would much prefer them to be available on CD! ¤
31.1% - It's wonderful that they're making so many bonus tracks available to us! ¤
21.1% - I find it frustrating because I haven't been able to access some (or even any) of the tracks. ¤
18.7% - I'm not into the whole "downloading thing."
17.7% - It's OK as a special experiment, but I hope they don't make a habit of it. ¤
15.4% - I find it confusing since some tracks are available on certain sites but not on others. ¤
06.4% - I'm not very impressed with the general quality of these other tracks.
01.3% - I have an opinion other than those expressed here.**

*Because voters could make more than one selection, the percentages total to more than 100%.

**Among the opinions expressed (not all of them by people who picked the "different opinion" option) were the following excerpts:


Survey 259 - Week of May 28, 2006
Views on Fundamental's dedication (358 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion of the fact that Fundamental is dedicated to Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni-two Iranian teenagers who were executed by their government in July 2005 allegedly for committing homosexual rape against a minor, but which many believe was a false, drummed-up excuse for hanging gay teens?*

28.8% - I think it's very touching.
22.9% - I think it's a powerful socio-political statement.
12.0% - Their hearts are in the right place, but it's a pretty empty gesture.
08.9% - I'm not sure what to think.
08.7% - I don't have any opinions about it one way or the other.
06.7% - I don't think it's a very "PSB" thing to do.
06.7% - I have mixed feelings about it. ¤
03.4% - I think it's misguided and/or somewhat troubling.
01.1% - I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed here.**
00.8% - I think it's awful!

*The dedication appears in the CD booklet.

**Among the opinions expressed (not all of them by people who picked the "different opinion" option) were the following excerpts:


Survey 258 - Week of May 21, 2006
Fundamental UK chart debut position (355 voters)

As you know, the new Pet Shop Boys album Fundamental is being released this week in the U.K. (and in many other countries as well). At what position do you think it will debut on the official U.K. album chart?*

38.6% - Between #6 and #10, inclusive ¤
34.9% - Between #2 and #5, inclusive
11.0% - #1
09.3% - Between #11 and #15, inclusive
03.7% - Between #16 and #20, inclusive
02.5% - Lower on the chart than #20

*As it turns out, Fundamental actually entered the official U.K. album chart at #5.


Survey 257 - Week of May 14, 2006
"I'm with Stupid" formats (266 voters)

Not counting the album Fundamental, in which of the following formats have you already bought or are planning to buy the new Pet Shop Boys single "I'm with Stupid"?*

64.3% - The three-track DVD single that includes the video ¤**
63.9% - The two-track CD single ¤
35.0% - One or more downloadable tracks available at iTunes, AOL, Woolies, 7 Digital, etc. ¤***
28.6% - Some other format not mentioned here (such as a promo or non-U.K. release)
24.1% - The 7-inch vinyl picture-disc single ¤****

*Voters could choose more than one option in this survey, so the percentages total to more than 100%.

**But the DVD won't play on my Region 1 DVD player. Fortunately, it will play on my computer.

***It really ticks me off, however, that I couldn't download them from iTunes in the U.S. Instead I had to go to one of the other services. Perhaps they're holding off on making them available on U.S. iTunes until after the album's U.S. release. But, then again, what does that have to do with the single? Is there going to be a U.S. release of the single as well?

****Which arrived in the mail with damaged packaging. The disc itself, however, was undamaged. If I had the gumption, I'd contact the distributor and demand a copy with undamaged packaging. But I simply don't want to deal with the hassle. One of my primary goals in life is to avoid hassles whenever possible.


Survey 256 - Week of May 7, 2006
Purchase plans for Fundamental (340 voters)

What are your purchasing plans regarding the new Pet Shop Boys album Fundamental?*

47.4% - I plan on buying it after it's released.
30.3% - I already have it on order. ¤
12.6% - I don't have it on order yet, but plan on placing an order before release.
01.8% - I'm not sure yet whether I'm going to buy it.
01.2% - I don't think I'll buy a "hard copy" of the album, but I may buy some or even all of the songs from a download site such as iTunes.
00.9% - I'm definitely not planning on buying it!


72.4% - I plan on buying just the special edition with the Fundmentalism bonus disc.
17.1% - I plan on buying both the standard and special editions. ¤
04.4% - I plan on buying just the standard single-disc edition.
54.7% - I plan on buying the U.K. release. ¤
22.1% - I plan on buying an edition released in a country other than those listed here.
17.1% - I plan on buying the U.S. release (assuming there is one). ¤
10.9% - I plan on buying the Japanese release.

*The voting options for this question were divided into three separate groups. Voters could make choices within each group—hence the division of the results into three groups, each with its own top vote-getter highlighted in red. Because of the multiple-vote aspect of this poll, the percentages do not necessarily add up to exactly 100%, not even within any particular group, but may either exceed or fall short of that figure.


Survey 255 - Week of April 30, 2006
Why is 2006 such a big year? (252 voters)

It seems that 2006 is shaping up to be a really, really big year for the Pet Shop Boys: a new album and singles, a BBC radio concert with orchestra, lots of special spring and summer concerts, a planned fall tour, remixing (and singing on) Madonna's "Sorry," other collaborations, a television documentary, numerous interviews, and more. Why do you think all of this is happening right now?

23.0% - They've just been "lying low" for a while and now, with fresh ideas and energy, they're simply reasserting themselves creatively.
16.3% - No special reason. It's probably just a coincidence that all of these things are "coinciding."
15.1% - It's a combination of two or more of the factors listed here.
14.7% - In effect, they're embracing their new status as pop "legends" and "elder statesmen."
12.7% - They're making a serious bid for a major commercial comeback!
06.3% - It's the 20th anniversary of "West End Girls," after all. It's a celebration of two hugely successful decades! ¤
06.0% - I disagree with the premise of the question. 2006 is no "bigger" a PSB year than many others they've experienced.
04.0% - Perhaps they see their career as recording artists coming to a close soon. This may be a last desperate burst of energy before winding down for good.
02.0% - I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed here.*

*Among the alternate opinions offered are the following:


Survey 254 - Week of April 23, 2006
Is your significant other a fan? (313 voters)

Is your "significant other" a Pet Shop Boys fan?*

31.6% - They're OK with PSB, but not really a "fan."**
29.4% - I currently don't have a significant other.
13.4% - Yes, though not as much a fan as I am. ¤***
08.6% - They're neutral about PSB.
08.3% - Yes! In fact, they're as much a fan as I am or even more so!
04.5% - They're hardly aware PSB even exists.
04.2% - No. In fact, they actively dislike PSB!

*Not everyone—particularly those for whom English is not their native language—may understand what is meant by the term "significant other." It simply refers to one's spouse, husband, wife, domestic partner, lover, fiance, fiancée, boyfriend, or girlfriend-in short, the most significant other person in one's personal life.

**I'm using "they" here as the technically ungrammatical but increasingly accepted non-gender-specific English-language third-person singular pronoun. I originally wrote these choices using "he or she," but after a few repetitions it simply got too awkward! And I can't abide the unpronounceable "s/he." So "they" it is!

***As I note in my FAQ, my partner "George … likes the Pet Shop Boys, too. He's just not nearly as fanatical about it as I am."


Survey 253 - Week of April 16, 2006
Opinion of the video for "I'm with Stupid" (265 voters)

The video for the new Pet Shop Boys single "I'm with Stupid" has been aired on U.K. television and is currently available for viewing on various websites, including the official PSB site. Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion of this new video?

27.9% - It's terrific—one of the best PSB videos!
24.2% - It's very good—maybe not one of the best, but better than average.
09.1% - It's not bad itself, but I wish there had been more of Neil and Chris in it.
07.9% - I would have preferred for it to have had more to do with the song itself—its lyrics and meaning.
06.4% - It's OK—I neither particularly like nor dislike it.
05.3% - I haven't seen it and I'm unable to view it online.
04.5% - I have mixed feelings about it. ¤*
04.2% - It's awful—one of their all-time worst videos!
03.8% - I like it, but I don't think it will prove very popular.
03.4% - It's not bad itself, but the talents of Walliams and Lucas aren't used very well.
02.6% - I'm a bit disappointed—it's below average.
00.8% - I don't particularly care for it myself, but I think it will prove popular.
00.0% - I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed here.

*The nature of my own mixed feelings are that I actually agree strongly with several of the statements offered here as options. I don't particularly like the video myself, but I do think it's proving popular. I find it somewhat disappointing, although I really like the twist at the end of the Boys being a "captive audience." Unfortunately, like most "punchlines" it loses most of its effectiveness after the first viewing. Further, I don't think the talents of Walliams and Lucas are put to very good use. And I personally would have liked a "plot" that followed the Blair-Bush interpretation of the song that the Boys themselves have articulated in interviews—although the views expressed by some of my site visitors pointing to multiple layers of meaning in this video are extremely persuasive. So although I'm no great fan of the video at this time, I'm leaving open the possibility that it may grow on me with time. How's all that for "mixed feelings"?


Survey 252 - Week of April 9, 2006
Opinion of boycott petition(s) (214 voters)

As you may have heard, there's an effort afoot to petition the Pet Shop Boys to boycott Canada-asking them to refuse to perform there on their upcoming world tour because of the annual culling there of baby fur seals. Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about this and other movements to try to persuade artists to boycott specific locales for social or political purposes?

23.8% - It's wrong to punish the fans in a particular country on account of unrelated policies in that country.
17.8% - If the artists really care about the issue, fine, let them boycott. But don't try to "use" them for your own agenda.*
17.3% - Every nation on earth has dirty hands in one way or another, so such efforts are selective and almost inherently absurd. ¤
15.0% - Artists can probably do more by going to a country and speaking out about an issue than by staying away.
09.8% - As a general principle, I'm all in favor of such efforts!
04.2% - Some people simply have too much time on their hands!
03.3% - This sort of thing might be OK for other artists, but it just wouldn't seem right for the Pet Shop Boys.
02.8% - In this case I support the boycott effort, but I would probably oppose it for most other causes.
02.8% - As a general principle, I'm absolutely opposed to such efforts!
01.9% - In this case I oppose the boycott effort, but I can think of a number of other causes for which I might support it.
00.9% - I have an opinion very different from any of those expressed here.
00.5% - Hey, I'm Canadian—don't pick on my country!

*By "agenda," I don't mean to suggest that anyone has a personal stake in such efforts. I simply use the word "agenda" to refer to one's own set of individual ideals, preferences, causes, viewpoints, wishes, etc.


Survey 251 - Week of April 2, 2006
Opinion of "I'm with Stupid" (315 voters)

Have you heard the new single "I'm with Stupid" yet and, if so, what's your opinion of it?

34.6% - It's very good—maybe not one of their best, but better than average.
21.9% - I haven't heard it yet.
20.6% - It's pretty good. I'd say it's "average" for the Pet Shop Boys. ¤*
10.2% - It's one of their all-time best singles!
05.7% - I'm not very fond of it. It's below average.
04.4% - I've heard it, but not enough to decide how I feel about it.
02.2% - I have mixed feelings about it.
00.3% - It's one of their all-time worst singles!

*But, then again, "average" Pet Shop Boys is a heck of a lot better than most other music these days—at least in my admittedly biased book!


Survey 250 - Weeks of March 19 and 26, 2006
PSB recording a Diane Warren song? (233 voters)

Which of the following statements most closely expresses how you feel about the fact that the upcoming album Fundamental will feature the Pet Shop Boys' rendition of a Diane Warren song, "Numb"?

40.3% - I'll reserve judgment until I've actually heard the PSB recording. ¤
15.9% - I'm not big on Diane Warren, but I'm confident that a PSB version of one of her songs will be very good.
13.3% - I really don't have strong feelings about it one way or the other.
10.3% - I've read good things about it, so I'm very hopeful.
06.9% - I love Diane Warren songs, so I think it's fantastic!
05.6% - I have an opinion quite different from any of those expressed here.*
03.0% - I'm apprehensive since I generally don't like Diane Warren songs.
01.3% - I abhor Diane Warren songs, so I'm appalled by it!
01.3% - I don't like what I've read about it, so I'm a little wary.
01.3% - I've heard the Diane Warren demo and dislike it, so I'm displeased.
00.9% - I've heard the Diane Warren demo and like it, so I'm pleased.

*Here are a few excerpts from the comments offered by some voters:


Survey 249 - Week of March 12, 2006
PSB political songs? (223 voters)

The upcoming Pet Shop Boys album Fundamental will feature several songs with somewhat "political" messages. Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about PSB recording "political songs"?

24.2% - I often like political songs if they're done subtly or cleverly. But if the politics are too obvious or overt, then I tend not to like it. ¤
20.6% - It's OK, but I don't have strong feelings about it.
19.7% - I think it's terrific! In fact, I wouldn't mind if they did more political songs.
14.3% - The politics are irrelevant to me. All I care about is whether they're good songs.
07.6% - It all depends on the politics being espoused.
06.7% - I'm not fond of the idea, but it doesn't really bother me.
03.1% - I detest political songs, so I certainly don't think PSB should be recording them!
02.2% - I really don't care about it one way or the other.
00.9% - I don't mind political songs in general, but don't think PSB should be political.
00.4% - My opinion is quite different from any of those expressed here.*

*Here are a few excerpts from the comments offered by voters:


Survey 248 - Week of March 5, 2006 *
How you feel about the name "Pet Shop Boys" (273 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing your opinion of "Pet Shop Boys" as the name of the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe?

48.4% - I've always liked it. It's a terrific band name!
11.4% - It's OK—not great, but not bad.
11.0% - I don't mind it personally, but I think it's been a liability to them. ¤
09.2% - I didn't like it at first, but I can't imagine them as anything else now.
08.8% - I don't have any particular feelings about it one way or the other.
03.3% - They should have stuck with their earlier choice, "West End."
02.9% - I'm not very fond of it, but I can't say that I actually dislike it.
01.8% - I've always disliked it. It's a really stupid band name.
01.8% - I have an opinion other than any of those listed here.**
01.5% - I used to like it, but I don't care much for it anymore.

*Because I was out of town and unavailable to work on my website for part of the preceding two weeks, I didn't run any polls the weeks of February 19 and 26.

**Here are a few excerpts from some of these alternate opinions:


Survey 247 - Week of February 12, 2006
To which demographic group do you belong? (342 voters)

On the following matrix, to which demographic category do you belong?*

  Americans non-
Americans

sexuality
totals

heterosexual males
10.2%
36.8%
47.1%
heterosexual females
02.3%
05.3%
07.6%
gay or bisexual males
18.1% ¤
24.9%
43.0%
gay or bisexual females
00.9%
01.5%
02.3%
nationality totals
31.6%
68.4%
100.0%

It's interesting to observe that:

While it's very tempting to extrapolate these findings to Pet Shop Boys fandom in general, it's really not valid to do so. For instance, the large predominance of males over females in the survey probably arises from the greater popularity of websurfing among males than females—a statistical fact. Still, even if it's not definitive or indicative data, it's definitely suggestive (so to speak).

*This survey was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend about the Pet Shop Boys and my website. He asked whether most of my site visitors (and perhaps most PSB fans) are gay. I said that, based on a poll that I ran a couple years ago, no, they weren't. But then he wondered whether there was a difference in this area between my American and non-American site visitors. That is, are most of my U.S. site visitors gay, while most non-Americans aren't? I said that I couldn't answer that question-that although I had done a demographic breakdown by geographic location as well, I had no data correlating location and sexual orientation. So he suggested that I try to find out. Hence this survey.


Survey 246 - Week of February 5, 2006
How Fundamental will fare compared to Release (266 voters)

How do you think the upcoming Pet Shop Boys album Fundamental will perform on the charts compared to their last studio album of all-new "pop" material, Release?

75.2% - I think it will do better than Release. ¤*
11.7% - I think it's still too early even to guess.
10.2% - I think it will do about the same as Release.
03.0% - I think it will do worse than Release.

*My rationale: Although already, pre-release, Fundamental is being widely perceived as a "comeback," its quality won't do any good unless the media play it up. It does appear, however, that the Pet Shop Boys are on a roll right now (what with the Madonna remix, among other things), so I think there's a good chance that the media will indeed help make the public well aware of it. If that's the case, then it will almost certainly fare better on the charts worldwide—yes, even including the media-saturated United States—than Release.


Survey 245 - Week of January 29, 2006
What one type of question would you ask them? (206 voters)

If you were to meet the Pet Shop Boys "in the flesh" and could ask them any one question-but only one-what type of question would it be?

21.8% - I would be totally starstruck and probably wouldn't even be able to ask a question.
16.0% - Something about their past or current music.
14.6% - Something about their future music.
12.6% - Something about their future plans as artists. ¤*
12.1% - I would respect their privacy and not ask any questions.
07.8% - I have no desire whatsoever to meet them or ask them questions.
03.4% - Something related to their hopes and ambitions.
02.4% - Something related to some aspect of their private lives other than their love lives.
01.9% - Something related to their love lives.
01.5% - Something about why they did something in particular that you've always found strange or confusing.
01.0% - Something about their biggest regret in life.
01.0% - Something about what other living person(s) they most admire or would most like to meet.
00.5% - Something about their religious or philosophical beliefs.
00.5% - Something about politics or social issues.
00.5% - A quirky question, like their shoe sizes, favorite beverage, or nicknames they had as children.
02.4% - Some other type of question not listed here.

Among these alternate questions (although some of them do overlap with the choices provided) were the following:

*This is assuming that I could indeed retain the presence of mind to ask a question. I don't believe that I would be too starstruck to ask them any question, but I do have the unfortunate tendency for my mind to go blank when I'm very nervous—I embarrassed myself on a radio "High School Bowl" thirty-some years ago, failing to answer questions that I knew the answers to—so I might not remember which question I really wanted to ask.


Survey 244 - Week of January 22, 2006
"Psychological" demo: real or fake? (203 voters)

A track that is allegedly an instrumental demo of the song "Psychological" from the upcoming Pet Shop Boys album Fundamental has been circulating recently and has even aired on some radio stations. Do you believe that this track is an actual PSB demo, or do you think it's a fake?

41.4% - I haven't heard it, so I can't say, or I have no opinion about it.
32.5% - I've heard it, and I believe it's a real PSB demo.
12.3% - I've heard it, and I think it's a fake. ¤*
05.9% - I've heard it, but I haven't made up my mind about its authenticity.
05.4% - I haven't heard it, but from what I've read I suspect it's real.
02.5% - I haven't heard it, but from what I've read I suspect it's a fake.

*As it turns out, I was dead wrong: as a comparison with the album track confirms, the demo proved to be legitimate.


Survey 243 - Week of January 15, 2006
PSB remixing Madonna's "Sorry" (268 voters)

Which of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about the fact that Madonna's next single, "Sorry," has been remixed by the Pet Shop Boys?

47.8% - I love both Madonna and the Pet Shop Boys, so I think it's fantastic! ¤
19.0% - It's good news, to be sure, but I'm not especially excited about it.
13.4% - I'm no great fan of Madonna, but I guess it's a wise commercial move.
06.7% - It's at least 15 years late, but better late than never!
04.9% - I don't really care about it one way or the other.
02.6% - I detest Madonna, so I think it's terrible!
01.5% - It's at least 15 years too late—so they shouldn't have bothered.
01.1% - I have mixed feelings about it.
03.0% - I have an opinion other than those offered here.

Among these alternate opinions were the following:


Survey 242 - Week of January 8, 2006
Unambiguously "gay" songs (292 voters)

Do you like it when the Pet Shop Boys record unambiguously "gay-specific" songs (like "Metamorphosis," "In Denial," and "The Night I Fell in Love"), or would you prefer that they didn't?

19.2% - Yes, I like it—about the amount they've been doing in recent years. ¤
17.1% - It's OK, but I have no strong feelings about it.
15.4% - I really don't care about it one way or the other.
14.0% - I don't mind it when the songs are a bit ambiguous, but I don't like for it to be too obvious.
11.0% - Yes, I like it! In fact, I wish they'd do a lot more!
09.6% - No, I don't like it at all and wish they would cut out the "gay stuff" completely!
08.6% - I don't particularly care for it, but I have no strong feelings about it.
03.1% - I'm not sure, or I have mixed feelings.
02.1% - Yes, I like it—but maybe they should cut back a little on the number of songs like that.


Survey 241 - Week of January 1, 2006
Resolve not to download Fundamental pre-release? (200 voters)

What do you think of the following New Year's resolution? — "I resolve not to download any unauthorized pre-release tracks from the upcoming Pet Shop Boys album Fundamental."

37.0% - "I'd be willing to make such a resolution—and to keep it!"
30.5% - "I'd never make or keep such a resolution!"*
21.5% - "I'd be willing to make such a resolution—but, to be honest, I'd probably have trouble keeping it."
07.0% - "I'm not sure—I'm undecided."
04.0% - "I'd prefer not to answer this question." ¤**

*However, saying that one would "never make or keep such a resolution" doesn't necessarily mean that one will download unauthorized tracks if given the opportunity. As one voter stated, "I voted for 'I'd never make or keep...' because it had never occurred to me to do such a thing as illegally download tracks. Making a resolution to not do so would be like resolving to not smoke or not use drugs or anything else I wouldn't have done anyway."

**At least not in public. I freely acknowledge my cowardice in this matter. But this way I, too, can enjoy the shield of anonymity—sort of.